Renewable energy sources generated the equivalent of 59.4% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2015 – up from 49.9 per cent in 2014. This means that the Scot-Govt. target of generating half of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2015 has been met and exceeded. Renewable sources of electricity generation in 2015 were up 14 per cent on 2014 and are again the single largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland at a record 42 per cent of Scotland’s total output (including exports) – higher than both nuclear (35 per cent) and fossil fuels (22 per cent), statistics published today have revealed. Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 29 per cent of all electricity generation in 2015, while Scotland’s renewable generation made up approximately 26 per cent of the total UK renewable output in 2015. Commenting on the figures, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “With more than three quarters of Scotland’s energy generation coming from low carbon sources – with nuclear and renewables generating similar amounts, and an additional 11% from established hydro schemes – Scotland’s power mix demonstrates how carbon emissions can be reduced while maintaining a reliable and secure power supply for homes, business and public services. “If we are to keep to our emissions low, and avoid the German experience of increased carbon intensity of power, then the combined benefit of intermittent renewables, established hydro and baseload nuclear will be required for the future.”
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Supporters of renewables have yet to give a convincing answer to the question of how to supply Scotland’s base load. As things stand, that capacity is met by nuclear and fossil fuels. Unless there is a change, costly imports will play an increasingly prominent role in that mix in order to secure security of supply. The mix of our power sources is delicate and forever changing, but the issue of base load or back up capacity is not going to go away any time soon. While the commendable work that has been done to cement Scotland’s reputation as a leader in green energy should continue, there is clearly a need to look at the bigger picture.
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Oil and gas production in the UK rose while the proportion of electricity produced by renewables in Scotland have hit an all time high, new figures show. The Energy Trends report, published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), found that UK production of oil and gas rose 8.3% to the end of the third quarter 2016. The boost meant imports fell by 1million tons to 4.1million – the equivalent of 27% of UK refineries’ demand. Meanwhile, power supplied by wind, hydro, solar and other renewables was enough to meet 59.4% of Scotland’s electricity needs in 2015 – up from 49.7% in 2014.
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